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The Lost Squadron (1932)

Passed | | Drama, History, War | 12 March 1932 (USA)
In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

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Follette
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Woody
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The Pest
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Red
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Von Furst (as Erich Von Stroheim)
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Fritz
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Jettick
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Joe
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Lelewer (as William Davidson)
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In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

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Drama | History | War

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Die letzten Vier  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.19 : 1
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Although this was a solid hit, it actually lost $125,000 for the studio. See more »

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Date visible on boxcar:6-31. See more »

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Edited into I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung a cappella by the soldiers at war's end
Reprised a cappella by Richard Dix, Robert Armstrong and Joel McCrea
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Erich Von Stro-Ham
12 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Man, he is evil in this. And he really wants you to know that. He plays a film director who directs WWI scenes where he demands such realism that people are regularly killed on set. If you are injured, he wants to hear you screaming, and these were silent movies! If you are supposed to be dead, you'd better not move or he'll probably kill you.

That aspect of the movie is overdone, although interesting for fans of movies about moviemaking. But where the movie really shines is in its opening sequence when a group of soldiers literally clock out of WWI and head back to the States, only to find their business partners have swindled 'em, their girls have cheated on 'em, and there ain't no jobs to be had. So, it's Hobo City, until they make it to Hollywood and the lives of stunt pilots.

I thought Richard Dix was good in this, Joel McCrea seems a little wimpy. The whole last 20 minutes are pretty bad with the "good guys" showing such poor judgment and idiocy that the ending is sheer nihilism.

Definitely worth a view though and watch for the middle finger!


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